The Hungarian Free Press . . . which is neither Hungarian nor free nor a press . . . reports that something radical is happening in Budapest:
Zsolt Bayer, a co-founder of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party, a long-time friend of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and the right’s most prominent publicist, sees the current refugee crisis in Hungary and Europe as a racial war intended to annihilate white people. Mr. Bayer shared these thoughts at a rally in Budapest this past Sunday, attended by an estimated 1,500 people, and organized to protest a magazine cover in Hungary, which portrayed Mr. Orbán with a mustache that resembled that of Adolf Hitler. In this paper, I have suggested before that Fidesz and the far right Jobbik party are indistinguishable. Perhaps I was wrong, because based on Mr. Bayer’s speech, Fidesz is now more extreme than the ominous opposition party.
The author, Christopher Adam—who reports on intolerant Hungarians while safely ensconced in Ottawa, Canada—is right, in a way. From an identitarian perspective, Orban and his party are far sounder ideologically than Jobbik, whose leaders believe, perhaps accurately, that Turks are their brothers and sisters. Orban, on the other hand, has spoken of “Europe from Europeans.”
Adam goes on:
Mr. Bayer’s premise, that dark forces are conspiring against white people throughout the world, is framed in a quote from controversial author, historian and race theorist Noel Ignatiev. Mr. Ignatiev has long seen race as a social construct, something that Mr. Bayer fails to mention to his audience, who he left thinking that the American theorist wants to annihilate white people. Mr. Ignatiev has spoken about wanting to “abolish the privileges of the white race” and added: “The key to solving the social problems of our age is to abolish the white race, which means no more and no less than abolishing the privileges of the white skin.”
And here are the key quotes from Bayer’s speech:
“There are all kinds of weapons: traditional, chemical, atomic. And now we see that there are also racial weapons. This is the weapon that they, the invisible hands, have employed against Europe and against the white race,” declared Mr. Bayer in Budapest. The term “invisible hands,” within this context, is coded language, easily deciphered by everyone in that audience and on the Hungarian right as a reference to liberals, left-wingers and Jews. (Mr. Ignatiev is, himself, of Jewish origins.) “Why has everyone, from everywhere and all at once, decided to start heading towards Europe? Why? Let us declare loudly and level-headedly: this is an artificial, manufactured mass migration. And its goal is the final and irreversible transformation of Europe’s ethnic and religious composition. And for this, they have already produced the necessary ideologies. According to the Harvard professor, the white race must be made to vanish,” said Mr. Bayer. At several times in his speech, the crowd, fired up by the orator, interrupted him.
Intriguingly, Bayer’s reference to Noel Ignatiev, as well as his whole line of thinking, makes me believe that he (and, perhaps, Orban, too) has been reading the “alt Right”—in other words, reading the dispatches from the heart of the decadent New World. The least we can say is that Bayer does not speak the language of your standard European “ethno-nationalist.” And it is Hungarians—and not us . . . at least not yet—who are in the position to realize the ideals of idenitarianism. The great irony of the Cold War is that Communism protected Eastern and Central Europe from a far worse rotting of soul—Americanism and Western liberalism.